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The Silver Mist by [Treanor, Martin]
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Being different does not disqualify them from life's lessons. "The Silver Mist" follows Eve Hayes, down syndrome-afflicted individual who through meeting Esther, finds that in spite of her disorder, she has much to learn and is taken on a spiritual and enlightening journey. Touching on spirituality and those with mental disabilities, "The Silver Mist" is a touching and unique read, highly recommended.Book ReviewMidwest Book ReviewSmall Press BookwatchThe Fiction ShelfJuly 2011James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief

About the Author

Martin Treanor's award-winning writing has been published in Zahir Speculative Fiction, The Spinetingler Anthology in the UK/Ireland, along with numerous other international publications and collections. He also contributed to Stoker Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry's They Bite. Raised in Belfast during the 1970s, Martin and his fiance now live in London, with regular visits from his daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Better Karma LLC (25 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052AII66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #532,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not many books move me to tears, but this one did on several occasions. Sometimes through sadness, other times through joy, and occasionally through both simultaneously. The main character and narrator, Eve Hayes, is a young woman with Down's Syndrome living in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s. The skill with which the author has created Eve - telling the story through her words and thoughts - is substantial. Reading this book was more than a literary experience; it was a spiritual journey. I grew to love Eve more and more as the story progressed. Everything about the character endeared her to me: her innocence; her love for others; her wisdom; her depth; her sense of wonder and optimism. The other characters are beautifully written too, each of them an archetype. Some of the prose and much of the dialogue has a lovely Irishness about it, which anchors the story geographically, just as the descriptions of Belfast bombs and unwanted British-Army intervention roots it historically in the early '70s.

Summary: a main character whom anyone with a heart will fall in love with; other characters who ring true and have complexity; a tale of love and loss that comes across as authentic and unpretentious; gorgeous Irish dialogue; a mythical subplot (revealed through the inner monologue of Eve) which eventually takes over from real-world events.

Profound. Poignant. Beautiful. Life-affirming.
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What a beautifully written book this is. I loved it. Its very moving and thought provoking. Those of us who grew up around the same time as the book is set will identify so much with lots of aspects of it. Just a joy. Haven't been moved to tears by a book in a long time but this certainly did.
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I've read some 250 books since I got my Kindle and this is by far and away the best of all of them. There are so many layers to this book, it is like peeling back an onion as you read it. However, even to the last word, you aren't sure you've reached the last layer. Detailing what it was like to live with The Troubles in Northern Ireland from an ordinary family's point of view - which is unusual, as it's ordinarily from the perspective of someone who was involved politically or militarially - I absolutely loved the shots of humour and the wholeheartedly Irishness of the text. Read it. Even if you don't entirely understand it, you'll be glad you did.
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On 21 July 1971, young Eve Hayes watches her terminally ill father leaving home for the last time. If his impending death in a city hospital is not enough for the Down's Syndrome sufferer to endure, Eve's mother and sister will, on the same day, be caught up in the wave of bombings in Belfast's "Bloody Friday." Eve, however, finds a new friend - the enigmatic "Esther" - to guide her through the pain of life, and in a series of metaphorical journeys, she learns that her brain is not wired quite as "wrong" as she has been led to believe, and that she may find peace amidst the tragedies, sectarian hatred and mindless violence that threaten to engulf her world. This is a gripping, moving and beautifully written novel - with a sly twist in the tail - that shines a thin ray of hope into the age of despair. Highly recommended.
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A truly amazing book. I thought I would read a chapter and instead read the whole book in a day. Written in a true Northern Irish voice, it rang at times of Seamus Heaney. Set against the backdrop of Bloody Friday, Treanor makes no comment on the politics but just "what is"
The story of Eve, a young woman dealing with change in her routine life and how she grows in understanding and acceptance.
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I have to preface this review with a confession.
I know and am friends with the author (at least I hope he'd class me as a friend). One might think that this would null my objectivity, that I was predisposed to like this book. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. So determined was I not to let my opinions of Martin and his writing colour my opinion of The Silver Mist that I spent the first few chapters scrutinising the writing and the narrative with a near Brechtian sense of distance.

But, as with any genuinely compelling yarn, the characters and the world of the book snuck past my defenses and pulled me along with them on a journey altogether different to the one I was expecting.

I went into TSM expecting a supernatural chiller. What I got was a deeply moving human drama and essay into the futility of violence and hate with some beautifully pitched theological and usupernatural undertones.

The Silver Mist, in its simplest terms is an account of the attrocities of the civil war in Belfast as a result of Bloody Friday, told through the eyes of Eve, a girl with down's syndrome living with her mother and sisters and struggling to come to terms with the death of her beloved father. If the story sound sbleak that's because it is. These were remarkably bleak times but the violent and turbulent backdrop of the narrative provide an excellent framework for what is ultimately a study in familial (and to a certain extent divine) love. Because there is something special in Eve's simple perspective.
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